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Saturday 31 March 2018 . telegraph.co.uk
HOTSPOTS
I N S I D E TO DAY
HERITAGE
Explore the best
hidden historic
homes this Easter
Embark on rural
life in a chocolate
box cottage
page 10
LIFESTYLE
Get spring clean!
We test five
extreme methods
Property
page 4
page 6
Is luxury London back in business?
After years of price falls, there are signs that the most expensive homes in the capital are now selling. Anna White investigates
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Saturday 31 March 2018 The Daily Telegraph
S
COVER STORY
T
MATT CLAYTON; ALEX WINSHIP
2
he
stucco-fronted
white townhouses in
Notting Hill?s Pembridge Villas were
built between 1845
and 1853 for the local
landowning Ladbroke
family,
and
were
heavily influenced by John Nash?s Regent?s Park terraces. The wide street
runs into燩ortobello Road and screams
luxury London.
At one end is a rare new addition. A
7,800 sq ft mansion, in mock neoclassical style, has been built on the site of an
old hotel. It?s the largest new-build
home to come to market in Notting Hill
for more than a decade, and has a 1,400
sq ft garden, seven bedrooms and a
70ft
swimming
pool in its private
basement spa.
Havona House
is a fusion of
styles. Developer
Konstantinos Diamantopoulos has
built a property
with some not-sosubtle nods to
Ancient Greece,
including
three
deities carved in
limestone on the
front, as a reference to the Tower
of the Winds monument in Athens.
Extravagant features
include
hand-blown glass pendants hanging
from the stairwell, a cascading waterwall and a car lift.
The house?s size and decadence has
created a buzz in Notting Hill, but the
timing of its launch is also significant.
There is a growing murmur of confidence among developers and estate
agents selling the most expensive
homes in the prime central London
(PCL) market. Data from Rightmove
show a mini-flurry of new listings:
stock coming to market above the
�million mark is up nearly 10 per cent
for the first three months of this year,
compared with January to March 2017.
Priced at �?million, and for sale
with Rokstone, Havona House is joined
by another new Notting Hill mansion.
The developer Fenton Whelan has
completed its conversion of an old pub,
the Earl of Lonsdale, into a 6,000 sq ft
home. Again, it comes with all the usual
trappings: spa, cinema and swimming
pool, a 56ft-high hallway and a chandelier that spans four floors. Across town
in Mayfair a newly restored townhouse
MANSIONS
A � million
house on Pont
Street, cover;
Havona House,
above and left,
both with
Rokstone
Between 2014 and 2016,
the market turned
from a scramble-to-buy
to a slog-to-sell
on Connaught Square ? famously home
to the Blairs ? has been launched by
Kay & Co for �.25?million.
?At the end of last year there was momentum in PCL with more transactions
at the top end. Then Christmas got in
the way,? says Ed Lewis of Savills. ?Now
there?s a collective willingness for the
market to turn.? One agent told The
Telegraph that they acted for a developer who agreed deals for two super
prime properties, to different buyers,
within one week.
In general, multi-millionaire home
owners don?t have to move. They collect properties and seldom need that
extra bedroom to accommodate a new
baby, which is a typical driver of movement in the mainstream market. This
means they can pick the right
time to launch.
Such vendors also approach
a sale with trepidation and
many attempt to sell ?off-market?. If their property hangs
around on Rightmove or Zoopla for too long, the price will
invariably come down (and they may
well lose status). So those who have
chosen to publicly launch this spring
are serious.
Becky Fatemi, founder of Marylebone-based agency Rokstone, believes
sales are speeding up. ?We began marketing a house on Wilton Place in
Knightsbridge on one Friday in March
and an offer had been agreed by the
following Monday, because the price
was right.?
Part of the reason for this newfound
confidence is that the troubled central London market
might have hit the bottom.
Between 2014 and 2016, the
luxury
property
sector
turned from a scramble-tobuy to a slog-to-sell. This
was evident early in 2014 as
the pace of price growth
started to slow.
The reverse is now becoming apparent, and green
shoots are starting to appear.
Analysis from Savills shows
that the rate of price deflation is easing from falls of 6.8
per cent in 2016 to 4 per cent
last year. This doesn?t yet
signal a recovery, however:
Mayfair-based property finance expert Jonathan Harris says the wealthy buyer
has not yet returned.
Savills? head of research
Lucian Cook says the highend London homes market
LUXURIOUS
A �.75 million
house in
Chelsea with
Aylesford, main;
the converted
pub in Notting
Hill, left
has ?bottomed out?, but he doesn?t expect any real price growth until Brexit
negotiations provide more clarity. ?A
backdrop of political and economic uncertainty means the market will remain
highly discretionary,? he says. Slumping transaction figures suggest that
buyers are still reluctant to buy; research firm LonRes found that sales fell
3.6 per cent last year. It also revealed
that 54.1� per cent of properties removed from the market last year were
withdrawn rather than sold.
However, JLL?s Adam Challis advises
against such caution. Prime central
London is a volatile marketplace that
doesn?t stay still for long, he explains.
During the housing crash of 2008,
prices fell 18.3 per cent compared with
a national average of 14.9 per cent. Values then bounced back 14.5 per cent
the next year, compared with a countrywide rate of 4.4 per cent. Although
stamp duty and Brexit are dampening
the market, the weaker pound provides
a discount for those buying in a currency pegged to the US dollar.
There is one certainty, however:
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THE
W E E K LY
RO U N D U P
Selected snippets from the world of property
Two homes in
Notting Hill,
both with Strutt
& Parker
that position, boosted by the opening
of Crossrail at Bond Street next year.
For the first time in a decade the prices
for apartments in Mayfair have opened
a wide margin above those in Knightsbridge. Last year, Mayfair apartments
averaged �378 per sq ft, six per cent
above Knightsbridge at �242 per sq
ft.
Twenty Grosvenor Square, formerly
the American navy?s HQ, is soon to
open as a Four Seasons residences with
prices from �.5?million for a threebedroom apartment. It completes this
year, and comes with the requisite
cinema room, wine room, spa and pool,
plus five-star concierge service.
The prime central London patch is
spreading and the traditional Knightsbridge product ? a vast, high-spec
lateral apartment ? is now on offer
When prime London
emerges from a
decade of disruption, it
will look very different
when PCL does emerge from a decade
of disruption, its footprint will look
rather different.
The flashy Knightsbridge development One Hyde Park, which broke records for price per square foot when it
was launched in 2007, marked
the start of Knightsbridge?s decSQUARE
ade of dominance as central LonDEAL
don?s most celebrated residential
A Connaught
location.
Square house,
Exclusive research by Dataloft
�.35 million
and estate agency Wetherell
with Kay & Co
shows that Mayfair is stealing
Falling values: City of London
across the capital, such as the
17,000� sq� ft penthouse at the top of
One� Blackfriars, the� curvy St George
skyscraper in Southwark.
From 2011 to 2017 the supply of luxury residential stock around the Strand
and Trafalgar Square increased by 17
per cent compared with the average
rise in PCL of just 2.9 per cent. Prices in
the area have climbed by 88 per cent
over the same period, compared to 53
per cent across all of the capital?s core.
A standout example is the Grade II
listed Oceanic House on Cockspur
Street. Once the headquarters of the
White Star Line shipping company,
where tickets for the Titanic were sold,
it is now home to six luxury apartments. The duplex penthouse was
launched this month.
Marylebone is now considered part
of the heart of luxury London, says James Van Den
Heule, the boss of Fenton
Whelan. Notting Hill is appealing to families in the
pursuit of more space, who
would
have
originally
looked to Knightsbridge, he
adds. Nine Elms, once a desolate wasteland and now
filled with luxury flats,
underlines how the very
definition of PCL has
changed since prices started
falling in 2014.
Not only is the geography
changing but the attitude
too, according to Savills? Ed
Lewis. ?Our clients are pragmatic now,? he says. ?It?s no
longer an arrogant market
but it is becoming a quietly
confident one. The greed has
gone.? For now anyway.
LONDON HOUSE PRICE
GROWTH IN REVERSE
Two fifths of London
postcodes have registered
property price falls over the
past year, with growth in the
capital slowing to one per
cent, down from 4.3爌er cent
in February 2017.
It comes as regional cities
such as Edinburgh and
Liverpool have seen their
property markets boom.
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postcodes registering
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ZAYN MALIK BUYS
SOH PENTHOUSE
SOHO
The former member
On Direction has
of One
snapped up a
snap
bach
bachelor pad in New
Yor
York just a few days
afte
after breaking up
wit model Gigi
with
Hadid. The singer, originally
from Bradford, West
Yorkshire, dropped
$10.6?million (�5?million) on
the loft-like apartment, says
Variety.
It covers 3,597 sq ft and has
a large roof terrace with
views over the surrounding
buildings. It has industrial
looks, with exposed brick
walls, high ceilings and
large爓indows.
DO A LITTLE WORK TO
ADD THOUSANDS
You can easily add as much as
�,000 to the value of your
house by carrying out simple
changes to your property,
according to the Federation of
Master Builders and the
HomeOwners Alliance.
Building: do a little, get a lot
They say that homeowners
can boost the value of an
average London property by
�,417 by removing an
internal wall to create an
open-plan kitchen and diner.
As well as going down the
open-plan route,
homeowners could add
almost �,000 to the value
of an averagely priced home
in Dorset by investing in
kitchen improvements such
as updated flooring, a new
worktop and different
cabinet doors.
Another trick is to build a
new driveway, which can add
as much as �,354 to an
average home in燬urrey.
ALAMY; GETTY IMAGES
PRIME
NUMBERS
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HERITAGE
TOP TEAM
Viscount
Hinchingbrooke
with wife Julie,
their sons and
tortoises at
Mapperton
Revealing the finest
hidden gems
The long weekend is the
perfect excuse to explore
some historic homes you
may not know about,
says Eleanor Doughty
T
his Easter, don?t just
go down to your local
famous stately ? your
Chatsworths, Blenheims and Castle Howards ? but take a look
behind the doors of
some of the UK?s
lesser known but no less impressive
historic houses. Earlier this month, the
Historic Houses Association rebranded
as Historic Houses in an effort to modernise and entice more visitors to these
grand piles. Its president, James Birch,
who is also the owner of Doddington
Hall in Lincolnshire, explains that
change was needed to open up the organisation and better promote its
properties. ?We have far more open
houses than our sister organisations,
the National Trust and English Heritage, but nobody realises that they?re so
accessible,? he says.
The difference is that these houses
are actually family homes, not kept untouched. ?Visiting a house which is still
lived in is a very different experience to
one that is more of a museum piece,?
says Ben Cowell, the organisation?s director-general. ?People love it when
they see children?s toys in the hallway.?
Of Historic Houses? 1,650 properties,
320 are open to the public, at different
times of the year. Here, we suggest
some hidden gems to visit ? and they?re
all open over Easter.
TRAQUAIR HOUSE, SCOTTISH BORDERS
It claims to be
the oldest
continuously
inhabited house
in Scotland, and
conveniently sits
just 30 miles
from Edinburgh.
This 50-room
Baronial house
has been visited
by 27 Scottish
kings and
queens. In 1566,
Mary, Queen of
Scots stayed in
?The Kings?
Room?, and left
behind relics
including her
rosary, crucifix
and letters
bearing her
signature. The
18th-century
library contains
more than 3,000
books and,
Stuart QC, who
host monthly
events ranging
from medieval
jousting to ghost
tours. There?s a
maze, a caf� in
the old walled
garden, and an
estate brewery,
dating back to
the 1700s.
unsurprisingly
for a house that
features in
Scotland?s most
volatile history,
even the gates
have a Jacobite
past. They
haven?t been
used since 1745
after Bonnie
Prince Charlie
passed through.
The owner of the
time, the 5th Earl
EXQUISITE Inside the library at
Traquair, which sits in 4,500 acres
of Buchan,
vowed they
wouldn?t be
opened again
until a Stuart
king returned.
Today, it is
home to
Catherine
Maxwell Stuart,
the 21st Lady of
Traquair, and
her husband
Mark Muller
Also nearby
Bowhill House,
Selkrik;
Abbotsford, near
Melrose
Opening times
March 30-Sept
30, 11am-5pm
Address
Traquair House,
Innerleithen,
Peeblesshire,
EH44 6PW
Website
traquair.co.uk
MAPPERTON HOUSE, DORSET
Home to the Earl
and Countess of
Sandwich, but
currently run by
their son Luke,
Viscount
Hinchingbrooke,
and his yogi wife,
Julie, Mapperton
is one of the
finest houses
in燚orset.
Built in the
1540s as a Tudor
manor, it has had
quite a few
incarnations; in
the 1660s much
of the house was
rebuilt and later
building work in
the 18th century
created the house
as it is today.
In the Fifties,
the Sandwich
family bought the
house and
brought with
them their art
collection, which
through the year.
The outside is
just as worth a
visit; the gardens
range from the
former parterre
and the Italianate
formal garden
compete with
fountains, to an
orangery and a
wild garden.
includes pieces
by Hogarth and
Reynolds.
Country Life
named
Mapperton the
nation?s finest
manor house in
2006, and today
both the house
and gardens are
open to the
public, with
events including
Shakespearean
performances
popping up
Also nearby
Wolfeton House,
near Dorchester;
Forde Abbey,
Chard; Minterne
Gardens,
Dorchester
Opening times
April 1-Oct 31,
12pm-4pm,
Sun-Thurs, by
guided tour only
Address
Mapperton,
Beaminster,
Dorset, DT8 3NR
Website
mapperton.com
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HUTTON-IN-THE-FOREST, CUMBRIA
This sprawling
estate has
belonged to the
Fletcher-Vane
family since 1605.
Hutton in the
Forest started as
a tower,
originally with a
moat, and over
the years has
been added to,
with a gallery in
the 1630s, a new
South Front in
the 1800s, and
the south-east
tower, which was
built in 1830.
Margaret
Gladstone, a
cousin of the
former Liberal
prime minister
lived there for
some time; her
interest in the
Arts and Crafts
movement can be
seen in Lady
Darlington?s
Room, which
features William
Morris wallpaper.
Today it is
home to Richard
Fletcher-Vane,
Lord Inglewood,
his wife Cressida
and their three
grown-up
children.
They host a
variety of events
at Hutton, from
classic car
displays to tours
around the
QUEX HOUSE, KENT
formal gardens
and woodland
walks.
Also nearby
Dalemain,
Penrith; Askham
Hall, Penrith
Opening times
March 29-Oct 7,
11.30am-4pm
(Wednesdays,
Thursdays,
Sundays and
bank holiday
Mondays)
Address Huttonin-the-Forest,
Penrith,
Cumbria CA11
9TH
Website
hutton-in-theforest.co.uk
PEACEFUL
The grand
Hutton-in-theForest near
Penrith
LINDA CROOSE-SMITH; JAY WILLIAMS
STANFORD HALL, LEICESTERSHIRE
Twenty miles
from Rugby
stands Stanford
Hall, the mansion
built by William
Smith in the
1690s for Sir
Roger Cave, an
MP in the 17th
century. The
brief was to
recreate
something ?good,
strong and
substantial?.
Today, it?s the
home of Nicholas
and Lucy
Fothergill,
descendants of
the Caves, who
inherited in
2003. They have
made Stanford
into a busy and
accessible stately,
hosting
weddings,
have done stellar
work restoring
parts of the
estate, including
the stables,
ha-ha, gates and a
17th-century
offering private
hire of the house,
and a refurbished
stables, with 15
bedrooms that
overlook the
grounds and the
rose garden. The
house opened to
the public in
1958, after some
years of
requisition by a
local school.
The Fothergills
bridge, all of
which can be
visited.
Stanford is
proud of
its爂reen
credentials, as
TICKING BOXES ?Good, strong and substantial? Stanford
the estate
recycles all of its
waste from
events into
compost and
reusable
material. This is
truly a modern
estate.
Also nearby
Cotesbach Hall,
Leicestershire;
Cottesbrooke
Hall,
Northampton;
Arbury Hall,
Nuneaton
Opening times
March 19-April�Address
Stanford燞all,
Lutterworth,
Leicestershire,
LE17 6DH
Website
stanfordhall.
co.uk
CLASSIC Regency grandeur
On the coast, five
miles from
Margate, is the
Regency mansion
of Quex, its name
given by the
Quekes family
who owned it
during the 16th
century.
It was built
during the 18th
century by John
Powell-Roberts,
who was a
collector of all
things naval. The
house also
contains a
collection of
Napoleonic
memorabilia.
It is also home
to the PowellCotton Museum,
founded by Percy
Powell-Cotton in
1896. He was a
pioneer in the
use of dioramas,
and the museum
houses the
African artefacts
and stuffed
animals which
six generations of
the eccentric
family collected
over the years.
The estate covers
1,800 acres and
the park is a
haven for birds.
Also nearby
Goodnestone
Park,
Canterbury;
Doddington
Place,
Sittingbourne
Opening times
April 1-Oct 31,
1-4pm
Address Quex
Park, Park Lane,
Birchington,
Kent, CT7 0BH
Website
quexpark.co.uk
QUAINT Inside a Quex House bedroom
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LIFESTYLE
Extreme
techniques
to declutter
your home
From a reverse coat
hanger hack to a
minimalist kitchen
game, Jessica Salter
road tests the most
popular tidying methods
F
inally, after a seemingly endless dark winter, it?s time for a big
spring clean. But before you can even start
on the cleaning, you
have to clear the decks.
Research by the University of California found that clutter
in the home can raise stress levels, with
women in particular experiencing a
spike in hormones as a result of mess.
?People become overwhelmed by the
amount of clutter they have in their
homes,? says decluttering expert Lesley Naylor. ?But when they tackle it, it
can be a hugely therapeutic journey.?
There has been a slew of
books out recently tapping
into our collective, and seasonal, need to organise our
stuff. But where to start?
With燼 house covered in a thin
film of builders? dust and in
need of a good tidy up, I decided to try a different method
for each room.
AP; GEOFF PUGH FOR THE TELEGRAPH; ALAMY; GETTY
6
MINIMALISM GAME
IN THE KITCHEN
Warning. Click on to the
website of The Minimalists
(theminimalists.com) and you
could be there for days. Also
known as Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus,
This is
spring
cleaning
with a
side爋f
philosophy
they document how, when
approaching the age of 30
a few years ago, they realised that all the stuff they
had craved and then accumulated didn?t actually
make them feel any better.
And so they decided to
pare back their lives.
They claim that the
blog, and the four books it
has spawned, have helped two million
people, so perhaps I can glean some insights too. I try a version of their Minimalism Game in my kitchen, where
you get rid of one item on day one, two
on day two and so forth. It?s a nice principle, but fired up with the decluttering zeal, I want to blitz it all.
But patiently I keep it up: out go surplus Tupperware that I can?t find lids
for; toys that I?ve stashed because my
daughter no longer uses them; old
magazines I kept for ?reference?; cookbooks that I have never really used.
I燾an see the benefit of doing it slowly,
and by the end of the second week it?s
becoming a habit to question what I really still need
to爇eep.
Fields Millburn and Nicodemus themselves say that
decluttering isn?t the end
goal, but instead it?s about
asking why we?re so attached to possessions.
The site is full of inspiring
essays that help you tackle
different areas of your life,
such as how to declutter
your digital world and how
to be a minimalist with children. This is spring cleaning
with a side of existentialism.
SPICK AND
SPAN
Jessica Salter
playing the
Minimalism Game
in the kitchen,
main; a爐idy
kitchen, left
MARIE KONDO IN
THE NURSERY
Kondo is almost single-handedly responsible for turning tidying up into a
trend; her two books on the KonMari
method of the ?life-changing magic of
tidying up? have sold more than five
million copies globally, and fans watch
her videos, in which she explains how
to fold clothes, with cult-like devotion.
My approach to storing the baby?s
clothes would send shivers down Kondo?s spine: everything is washed but
then squeezed into drawers, as many as
will fit.
So I decide to start over. First, according to Kondo, I must lay out the
clothing and place my palms over it,
sending out love and gratitude for the
support that the clothes provide. This
is quite easy in the baby?s room: her little trousers and jumpers are so cute
that I do feel the love emanating off
them (less so when I later attempt my
drawer of gym kit). Then I must fold the
arms in, make a long rectangle with the
NEAT IDEA
Swedish death
cleaning in the
loft, below;
the KonMari
method, above
body, fold it in half, and
finally into thirds so that
it� stands up on its own in
the燿rawer.
It does make it easier to
see what?s there, granted.
But is the time spent worth it
when my daughter can get
through two vests a day and
multiple outfit changes? I?m
not convinced.
?Now, let?s fold socks,?
Kondo says on the video, at
which point she definitely
loses me. I?m quite comfortable with the fact that our
sock drawers are not places
of beauty. Surely wearing
matching socks (something
we don?t all manage every
day) is an achievement in
itself?
SWEDISH DEATH
CLEANING IN
THE LOFT
It sounds far less charming
than hygge, but ?dostadning?, an amalgamation of the
Swedish words for death and
cleaning, is on course to be
one of this year?s biggest
trends. It has been popularised by Margaret Magnusson
in her recent book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death
Cleaning. As the title suggests, it advocates a big clear
out before you die to save
your relatives the hassle of it
later on.
Magnusson says that the
process is actually ?more like
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an under-bed storage bag that?s full
The act of into bursting.
I don?t need them all, especially
the tired ones, which go straight
hanging
in a bag for the textile bank (check reeverything cyclenow.com for your nearest).
up makes COAT HANGER FOR
me see I
THE WARDROBE
can do a
This method is for the undecided
us, and it takes time. Devised by
brutal edit among
an Australian mother dubbed ?the De-
TAKING
CONTROL
Hang all your
clothes to make
you see what to
throw away
a relief ? to get rid of the excess, and
that it gives the person living in the
home a better sense of order. Her
method is, in fact, very simple: she instructs her readers to divide possessions into two piles, keep and ditch,
giving away items to family members.
She also recommends having a designated throw-away box, which you
fill� with sentimental items you
wouldn?t want anyone else to see when
you?re gone.
I don?t feel that I?m knocking on
death?s door at 33, but having recently
acquired a loft after moving house, I?ve
realised it?s become a dumping ground
for, well, everything.
I start weeding: outgrown babygrows bunged up in bags that I parcel
up for an expecting friend; a box of
summer clothes that, on closer inspection, I haven?t worn in years is sent to
the charity shop; miniature bottles of
posh shampoo nicked from hotels are
posted off to the charity Beauty Bank,
which gives toiletries to low-income
families. The house feels like it?s
breathing a sigh of relief.
Fill a box
with items
which you
wouldn?t
want
anyone
else爐o
see爓hen
you?re gone
?FOUR BOX? IN THE
SPARE ROOM
This is perhaps the simplest of all, and
doesn?t come with a celebrity tidier attached. All you have to do in each room
is have four boxes labelled ?keep?, ?relocate?, ?maybe? and ?sell/donate?, as
well as a bin bag for everything else.
I decide to tackle the spare bedroom,
perhaps thinking it?s quite an easy
room. But on closer inspection the
chest of drawers is stuffed to bursting.
I pour it all out on to the bed and
start爏orting.
?Make sure each drawer or shelf has
one purpose; messy drawers
happen when you try to
store too many different items in there,?
warns Helen Sanderson,
a declutter coach. She advocates using clear Ziploc
bags to group together collections of things such as
hair ties or ribbons.
I keep all our towels and
bedding under the bed, too,
DECLUTTERING TIPS
�Do a little
every day.
�Reset the
living area of
your house
each爀vening.
�Do washing
regularly and
make sure you
put it away.
�
If you hate
something, let it
go ? even it it?s a
family heirloom.
LIFE SKILL
Get your
children to learn
tidiness early on
Think about
how you could
upcycle it.
�Encourage
your children
to燽e organised.
It helps
enormously
when they?re
older, and it?s
a爏kill they
should
learn.
�Hold the
item
that you?re
conflicted about
in your hands,
and look at it. Do
you love it? Do
you want it in
your home? If
the answer is no
then let it go.
By Lesley Naylor,
decluttering
expert
clutter Queen?, Anita Birges recommends turning all your coat hangers
the wrong way around in your wardrobe, then every time you wear something, hang it up the right way around.
The aim being that at the end of the
year, or season, you can see what you
actually wear.
Just the act of hanging everything
up and turning the coat hangers around
makes me see I can do an initial brutal
edit: my wardrobe is full of unworn
clothes. After being pregnant and
wearing maternity gear, most of my
clothes haven?t been worn for two
years; nationally women hoard �?billion worth that we never wear.
Now I?m newly freelance, a lot of my
office clothes aren?t needed, but I?m reluctant to chuck them. A nice solution
is to do an initial edit and give the surplus to a worthy cause. Donate high
-quality officewear to the charity Smart
Works, which gives unemployed
women interview training as well as a
new outfit (smartworks.org.uk); Oxfam
will take second-hand bras and send
them to women in Senegal (oxfam.org.
uk); and if you take a bag of unwanted
clothes into M&S or H&M to get them
recycled, you can get a �store
voucher.
But what about those items you
know you won?t wear, but can?t part
with? Naylor says there?s no pressure to
chuck everything. ?I have an old size10 suit, which I love, at the back of my
wardrobe,? she admits. ?I keep it there
because it makes me feel good whenever I see it.? Phew, the wedding dress
can stay.
The result of my overhaul? It?s taken
a whole month ? in fits and starts ? but
wow, the house suddenly feels lighter.
I?ve done my bit for charity, recycled
what I can, and sold some bits, too.
But Naylor suggests that rather than
getting too hung up on what method
you use, instead just start somewhere.
?Clients are often very worried that
each piece of clutter needs to be dealt
with in a very particular way, and perfectionism becomes a problem.? And
then? Keep up the good work all year
so you don?t have to go through it again.
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SELF BUILD
Ship-shape
and full of
imagination
Putting a creative
architect at the helm of
this project didn?t mean
it was all plain sailing,
writes Cherry Maslen
T
he bow of a ship appears to drift into a
meadow, while the
captain?s bridge on
the upper deck, surrounded by a huge
expanse of glass, is actually the master bedroom. This astonishing ?grand design?
sits in splendid isolation in 13 acres of
woods and pasture in prime Surrey,
near the village of Chiddingfold, eight
miles from Haslemere.
It is the home of Robert Burdett and
his wife Zoe, who bought the plot with
a nondescript house on it in 2013. ?We
did the big move to the country from
Wimbledon about 10 years ago, to a
very traditional Surrey/Sussex part-tile
cottage with a bit of land,? says Burdett.
They asked London-based architect
Mark Hillier of h2architecture to design them a contemporary pool complex, and liked it so much they decided
to embark on an ambitious build for
their next home.
Four years later they were ready to
go modern, and found the site near
Chiddingfold. The house comes completely from Hillier?s imagination, after
they brought him in again to create
ALL HANDS
ON DECK
The terrace
their home. ?We gave
overlooking the
him a bit of a blank canpond, above;
vas. Instead of saying
Zoe and Robert
what we wanted the
Burdett, below
house to look like, all we
said was ?these are the
rooms we want, this is how we want to
live?, and he came back with an amazing design.?
The ship-like house, named Wetwood Rough, is an unusual double-storey glass and timber-clad structure,
with two single-floor wings. One contains the airy open-plan kitchen and
breakfast room, and the other is the
guest wing with two en suite bedrooms
and a TV den at the far end, which doubles as a study.
Two more family bedrooms are behind the master bedroom, while on the
ground floor the kitchen wing links to
the snug and dining room in the main
part of the house, with the drawing
room at the far end floating into the
meadow.
The idea for the
house?s爏hip shape
was爄n response to
the爊atural setting
The Burdetts, who are both trained
solicitors, had bought the site without
planning permission but took the precaution of showing the drawings to the
local council to gauge reaction, which
was surprisingly positive considering
there was nothing remotely like their
design in the area.
The idea for the ship shape was in response to the natural setting. ?The land
was low-lying and boggy, with tall silvery grasses that looked a bit like water
to me,? says Hillier. ?The other important design elements are the three external courtyards, each with two sides
open to make the most of the views.?
The first courtyard provides a protective enclosure for the entrance,
while the kitchen/dining courtyard sits
to the west of the house to catch the afternoon sun, with views over the surrounding pastureland. Glazed sliding
walls allow access from the kitchen,
snug and dining room.
On the other side of the house, the
guest wing and the drawing room open
out on to a large square raised lawn,
bounded by a low ha-ha wall, separating the manicured lawn from the natural landscape. In addition, a pond was
created to the south of the kitchen,
with a timber deck jutting out over the
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says. Fortunately, he has made a full
recovery. ?I don?t think it was related to
the build in any way, I was just a classic
40-something man on a bike.?
Groundworks started in December
2013 but the house wasn?t fully finished
until late 2016. However, the family
moved in during 2015 once the main
part was complete. ?We could live in it
even though there were no windows in
the guest wing because we hadn?t yet
found a new glass manufacturer,? says
Burdett. The new house is extremely
warm and low-cost to run, with a
ground source heat pump providing
energy for the underfloor heating and
hot water.
While the house is certainly a dramatic structure, they also paid a lot of
?We had an initial
budget爁or the build of
�0,000, but in the
end I stopped counting?
GLASS ACT
water providing a
sunny spot to sit
with yet another
lovely view.
The new house
was positioned as far
from the lane as the planning department would allow, which meant the
Burdetts, with their teenage daughters
Connie, now 18, and Flora, 16, could
live in the existing house a few yards
away during the build. This saved
thousands in rent, a blessing as the
build took much longer than expected.
One of the reasons was that the Danish company making all the windows
and sliding glass walls was bought out
by another company, which decided
not to carry on manufacturing. ?When
the whole design of your house is based
on glass this is a big problem,? says Burdett. ?The windows for the ?ship? part
of the house were already in place,
meaning that another supplier had to
be found that could match them exactly, adding another six months to the
build.?
The other unexpected drama was
that towards the middle of the build, in
March 2015, Burdett had a cardiac arrest. ?I had to have a double bypass and
was off work for two months, so the
whole build was delayed as everyone?s
minds were taken off the project,? he
MARK HARDY; CHRISTOPHER PLEDGER
The house has
floor-to-ceiling
windows
throughout,
filling the
rooms with
natural light
and providing
great views
attention to how it would sit in the
landscape. ?The timber cladding is
treated western red cedar which has
faded quickly to a silvery finish, reflecting the colour in the meadow in summer,? says Hillier. ?The kitchen has a
grey zinc roof and the windows and
doors are framed in grey aluminium.?
In the kitchen, snug and dining
room the floor is polished concrete
with aggregate, which prevents such
a� large area being one solid colour,
with engineered oak flooring in
other爎ooms.
?I never thought I?d have the opportunity to live in a house like this,? says
Burdett. ?It?s a lovely place to be and
we?re so proud of it. My favourite part
is the kitchen, dining and snug area, a
lovely, big, airy space where you can
cook, eat, sit in front of the telly and be
together as a family. The drawing room
is my other favourite spot, a quieter
space for reading a book with amazing
views out towards the meadow.?
Burdett admits the house cost more
to build than anticipated. ?At the start I
kept a close eye on the finances. We
had an initial budget of �0,000, but
in the end I stopped counting,? he says,
adding that they underestimated the
groundwork and the landscaping. ?We
didn?t want to cut costs on the landscaping because it was important to us
that the house didn?t look too dominant in its setting.?
Despite having lived in it for just
three years, the couple are selling up.
Now their children are older, schools
are no longer tying them to the area so
Burdett, 49, and his wife, 50, are moving on. ?I now work as a business consultant and Zoe isn?t working at the
moment, so we are more flexible,? adds
Burdett. ?The current dream is to buy a
small flat in London and something in
the South West on the coast.?
The house is on the market with
Strutt & Parker, at a guide price of
�5?million, and the opportunity to be
at the helm of this ultra-modern ship
passes to another family.
P RO P E RT Y
OF THE
WEEK
A house where Jane Austen?s
potential suitor is said to have lived
S
itting in Chawton, the village where
Jane Austen lived, is the Dower
House, writes Isabelle Fraser.
The timbered hall house was built
in around 1450, and some of the original
beams still line the walls. Later, in 1600, a
new chimney, cooking fireplace and bread
oven were installed in what now forms an
internal annexe.
The house is said to have been home to a
potential suitor of Austen, John Papillon.
The author lived in the Hampshire village
for the last eight years of her life, and it is
believed she was living there when she
wrote or revised many of her novels
including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and
Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma.
The village is also home to the Jane
Austen?s House Museum and it has
recently爎aised money to install a statue
of爐he writer in the church graveyard
this爏ummer.
In 1840, the Dower House became a
?young ladies? establishment?, when its
Regency fa鏰de was added, as well as seven
bedrooms. Later that century it was
extended further with a mock Tudor part.
The oldest part of the house now forms
the snug, which has its own kitchen. In the
main house there are three reception
rooms and a courtyard, with seven
bedrooms and an attic.
It is Grade II listed and sits in both the
Chawton conservation area and in the
South Downs National Park. It sits in nine
acres, and has stables, tack rooms, a
kitchen garden, a garage and a heated
swimming pool. The grounds have been
opened to the public as part of the Garden
Open events.
It is on the market for �95?million with
Savills (020 7016 3780; savills.com).
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HOTSPOTS
WAREHAM
DORSET
PRICE: �0,000
C H O C O L AT E
B OX
Set in around two acres of
woodland and wildflowers
is this thatched cottage,
appearing like something
out of a fairy tale.
It has one bedroom, and
is believed to have been
where the artist Augustus
John would bring lovers for
romantic liaisons.
It has a summerhouse
and has been owned by
the爏ame family since
the燜orties.
Put down the Easter eggs and indulge in one of these
saccharine-sweet cottages instead, says Isabelle Fraser
Agent: Domvs (01929 555300;
domvs.co.uk)
WORCESTER PARK
LONDON
PRICE: �295?MILLION
Tucked away in this
Hampton gated
development is a detached
cottage that wouldn?t be
out of place in parts of the
United States, with its dark
green shutters.
There are six bedrooms
inside, most of them with
en suite bathrooms, a
large open-plan sitting/
dining room, and a
garage. At the back there
GREAT CHESTERFORD
ESSEX
PRICE: �8?MILLION
Reed House, which is near
the pretty cottages of
Saffron Walden, has
recently been completely
renovated by its owners.
Its 18th-century period
features, such as wood
panelling and beams on the
ceiling, are complemented
by the parquet flooring and
country-style kitchen with
Neptune cabinets. The
house has four reception
rooms and five bedrooms.
There is also a separate
barn that has a detached
home office or studio,
with爐he possibility of
adding a flat.
Agent: Arkwright & Co (01799
668600; arkwrightandco.co.uk)
and Strutt & Parker (01223
787117; struttandparker.com)
is a large garden. Its front
porch is the perfect place
for watching the world go
by, and residents will
have燼ccess to the
development?s tennis
courts and gym. It sits
near Worcester Park and
the A3 for easy access into
central London.
Agent: Foxtons (020 3829
1500; foxtons.co.uk)
CHIPPING NORTON
OXFORDSHIRE
PRICE: �1?MILLION
Close to Soho Farmhouse
and Daylesford Organic,
Elm House sits in the pretty
village of Shipton-underWychwood with three
pubs, a post office and a
doctor?s surgery.
Built in 1640, it is Grade
II listed and has retained
its period features such as
an inglenook fireplace,
but has been thoroughly
modernised, having been
completely rewired and
given a brand new roof.
It has four bedrooms
over three floors, with a
terraced garden at the
back, and formal gardens at
the front, framed by yew
and beech hedging.
Agent: Knight Frank (01865
790077; knightfrank.co.uk)
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EASTBURY
HENHAM
BERKSHIRE
PRICE: �9,000
ESSEX
PRICE: �0,000
It is said that Oliver
Cromwell stayed at
Poughley Cottage on the
eve of the Battle of
Newbury in 1642. Built in
1482, it has a thatched roof
and surprisingly high
ceilings for such a
traditional cottage.
There are inglenook
fireplaces and original
beams as well as a new
conservatory, which
overlooks the lawned
garden. There is also a
terrace and summerhouse.
Upstairs there are
three燽edrooms with lots
of爏torage.
Yew Tree Cottage sits in a
charming village with a
tennis club, village hall,
shop and pub. Partly
thatched, it comprises two
cottages that have been
combined and now has
three bedrooms.
There is an inglenook
fireplace and wooden
beams. The large kitchen
has an island, with爒iews
taking in the garden
beyond.
Agent: Savills (01279 756800;
savills.com)
LITTLE
STUKELEY
Agent: Strutt & Parker (07795
272045; struttandparker.com)
CAMBRIDGESHIRE
PRICE: �5,000
The Corner Cottage, which
dates back to 1650 and used
to be a bakehouse, is now
Grade II listed. It sits in a
bustling village with a busy
hall that holds events every
weekend.
The cottage has a
thatched roof but inside it
has been renovated to
blend old and new, with
contemporary touches. The
modern extension has a
?living sedum roof ?, and
there is a garden of almost
an acre that wraps around
the house.
BEST OF THE BUNCH
WARMINSTER
BROADCLYST
WILTSHIRE
PRICE: �9,950
Cress Cottage is believed to
date back to the 1720s and
overlooks the village pond.
Its walls are built with
limestone and it has a
thatched roof.
On the inside it has been
modernised, with
underfloor heating
throughout. Downstairs,
the house is full of light, as
it has windows to the front
Agent: Fine & Country (0330
333 1060; fineandcountry.com)
DEVON
PRICE: �0,000
and back, towards the
garden with its fruit trees
and raised beds.
Upstairs there are three
bedrooms, and in the
annexe there are two
further bedrooms,
which燾ould be used for
older relatives.
Agent: Strutt & Parker (01722
344011; struttandparker.com)
Drakes Cottage is the
ultimate chocolate-box
cottage: pink walls,
thatched roof and located
in rolling countryside.
It sits on more than an
acre and has its own
orchard and a vineyard.
The house is south-facing,
meaning that it is much
lighter inside than in many
other similar cottages. It
has three reception rooms,
with fireplaces, exposed
wooden beams, and an Aga.
Upstairs there are five
bedrooms and two
bathrooms.
The house has a lease
with the National Trust,
which is being renewed.
Agent: Winkworth (01392
271177; winkworth.co.uk)
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A DV I C E
THE
P RO P E RT Y
DOCTORS
RENOVATIONS
AND DIY
NICK BIZLEY
BUILDER
To fix a creaking staircase, you
might need to carry out a bit of
work, but the end result will
be well worth all the upheaval
Q
We have a staircase that is
about 20 years old, which was
already installed when we
bought our house.
Having recently improved the loft
area, where the stairs go up to, the
treads creak very badly. We are loathe
to carpet this area again until we have
a solution. We were told that we could
add a quadrant beading to the treads,
but this did not make any difference.
Do you have any suggestions that
could help us?
LG, BY EMAIL
A
There are a couple of
different爋ptions you can try.
Sometimes the creaking
noise comes from where the
BUYING AND
SELLING
BECKY FATEMI
ESTATE AGENT
Q
We are in the process of
purchasing a property and have
discovered that we are bound
by a lease in respect of solar
panels. The previous owners had them
installed in 2011 but have
not爌urchased them outright. Our
top of the stair riser (the vertical
section of a stair) meets or connects
to the stair tread.
This can be where the fixings or
adhesive used to join them together
can wear away, or become loose.
When this happens it causes the two
surfaces to rub together, creating a
creaking noise.
In order to fix this you can carefully
remove the tread and clean off the
areas where the two surfaces join.
Then apply some good-quality wood
glue, re-fit the tread, and screw the
tread down into the top of the riser.
This will ensure that the riser is nice
and secure.
If this doesn?t work, you may have
to take more invasive action from the
underside of the stairs.
Sometimes this involves removing
any plasterboard covering to expose
the underside of the stairs. Once
the爑nderside has been exposed
you燾an insert what are often called
?glue blocks?.
These are triangular sections of
timber that are fixed to the inside
corner of the stair, where the riser
meets the tread. These should be
glued and screwed into position.
I would recommend having three
of these installed per step. One in the
solicitors have suggested that this
might become a problem if and when
we come to sell as we would almost
certainly be restricted to cash buyers
as mortgage companies would be
reluctant to lend.
Should we be concerned?
AJ, BY EMAIL
A
If your solar panels have been
leased and not bought, it is
important to establish
whether you see these panels
as a worthwhile cost that will offset
electricity bills. You can continue to
LEGAL ISSUES
DAVID
FLEMING
LAWYER
Q
Several years ago my daughter
and her now ex-partner were
unable to get a mortgage, so I
took one out on my own house
and used the money to buy a property
for them, but keeping it in my爊ame.
They paid me an amount monthly
similar to the rent they paid before,
and I made up the difference to the
mortgage company.
The intention was that once the
mortgage was paid, and I was mostly
repaid, I would remove my name from
the deeds and my daughter would
then own the house.
When the mortgage is finally paid
off, will it be easy to transfer the
house to my daughter?s ownership,
replacing me?
GW, SOUTHAMPTON
TIFFANY BEUCHER FOR THE TELEGRAPH
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A
middle, and two others a few inches
away from the sides.
As a final option, if you have carried
out the glue block work, you may also
introduce a small rectangular section
of wood to the corners of each step
(from underneath the stairs again).
This will secure the stair treads to
the stair stringer. This is the wood
that runs along the sides of a
staircase. It is responsible for holding
It is
important
to establish
whether
solar panels
offset
your燽ills
You may
have to
take more
invasive
action
pay the lease (which is usually for 25
years) or, if you see them as a
potential issue that isn?t worth the
maintenance cost or potential
mortgage issues, I would have the
panels removed.
However, I do not think that
mortgage companies would refuse to
lend purely on a solar panel basis as
every lender has different lending
requirements.
Becky Fatemi runs Rokstone
Properties, a luxury estate agency in
Marylebone, London
Wales
the treads and risers in place. These
should be carefully glued, and
screwed, into position.
Hopefully this is clear enough to
understand. If you do go ahead with all
of the above work you?re sure to get
some good results.
Nick Bizley co-founded aspect.co.uk,
the London-based maintenance and
refurbishment company
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The simple answer to your
question is yes. When the
mortgage is paid off all you
have to do is sign a transfer
form and your daughter can then
apply to be registered at the Land
Registry as owner of the property.
Your difficulty is tax. The normal
rule is that if someone gives a property
away to anyone other than their
spouse, then the person transferring
the property has to pay Capital Gains
Tax as if the property had been sold at
market value.
Assuming the property has gone up
in value since you first bought it, the
bill could be substantial.
It is true that the normal principal
private residence relief from Capital
Gains Tax does apply where there is a
trust and the beneficiary (your
daughter in this case) was entitled to
live at the property under the terms of
the trust.
It may be that such a trust could be
implied here, but the matter is
complex and I would advise you to
obtain detailed tax advice.
There is also the question of
whether you should have declared the
?rent? your daughter was paying you
as income in your tax return. That is
another complex area.
David Fleming is the head of
property litigation at William Heath
& Co solicitors (williamheath.co.uk)
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